England vs Pakistan: England renew test records with over 500 runs on day 1


The England Test team slipped smoothly into the record books on the first day of their match against Pakistan. The hosts had a brilliant time, batting first against the men in green at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. England put a staggering total of 506 runs on the board at the end of the first day of play in Rawalpindi. This latest score of 500 has broken the 112-year record for most runs scored on Day 1 of a test. The previous record was set at 494 scored in 1910 in the match played between Australia and South Africa.

England surprise Pakistan at home

Winning the toss, English Test captain Ben Stokes elected to bat first. Opening the English attack, Zak Crawley (122) and Ben Duckett (107) scored centuries. Rawalpindi’s flat lane offered next to nothing to clueless Pakistani bowlers. Subsequently next in his batting order, Ollie Pope also recorded a century scoring 108 for 104. While the refined batsman joe root it came cheap, the end of Pakistan’s troubles was not near. Finally, Harry Brook also struck a century, his fourth in a single day.

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Also, deepening the Pakistani wound, Harry Brook hammered debutant Saud Shakeel for six straight fours. Brook, playing only his second Test, became only the sixth player to hit all one-over deliveries for boundaries. For Pakistan, the silver lining for him came in the second session when they scalped centurions Zak Crawley, Duckett and Joe Root in quick succession. However, soon after, Brooke established the perfect partnership with the already established Ollie Pope adding 176 runs for the fourth wicket.

Earlier in the day, the ECB confirmed that it would draw an 11 in play for the Test match despite most members contracting a certain virus on Wednesday. However the StokesThe led team did not show signs of any illness, as it showed “Bazball” right from the first ball of the match. Incidentally, the record for highest runs scored in a single day of a Test is also on record in England’s name. England scored 588 runs against India in Manchester, in 1963, however that was not the opening day of the match.

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